Have you noticed the late leaf fall this year? Many Minnesota's trees are past color but are still holding their leaves deep into Autumn. According to MN State Climatologist, Mark Seeley, area arborists "tell us that the two key factors leading to late autumn leaf fall this year were the very late spring and delayed leafing out of trees, combined with a very warm and sunny September."
Strong wind developing late this weekend and a wet snow next week will surely help to strip the leaves off the trees once and for all this season.
More Pacific Ocean air (instead of cold Canadian air) begins to stream across the country. The straight west to east flow (zonal) will help to moderate temperatures across the Midwest this weekend. The slight kink northward or the "ridging" of the height lines across the area means dry weather in the short term. This zonal pattern, though, brings a Pacific storm into the Midwest the middle of next week. Northern Minnesota is poised to received a wet accumulation of snow. At this point, accumulations will be minor.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. H: 51° Wind: WNW 7
Saturday Night: Mostly clear. L: 35° Wind: S 2-4
Sunday: Increasing clouds, turning windy. H: 54 L: 38 Wind: SE 15-20
Monday: Cloudy, light afternoon rain. H: 54 L: 39 Wind: S 10-15
Tuesday: Rain, some heavy at times. H: 47 L: 33 Wind: NE 5-10
Wednesday: Lingering light rain, random snowflake? H: 44 L: 31 Wind: NW 10
Snowfall Forecast Next Week
The Colorado Rockies look to hog all the snow next week while western/northern MN receives a meager 2 inches of slush.
New Set of Eyes in Space
A new weather observing satellite is scheduled to launch in 2016. This new GOES-R satellite will be able to monitor Earth's climate, weather and environment with the newly Advanced Baseline Imager. ABI will be faster, capturing an image every single minute. This will improve real-time forecasting capabilities and provide quicker updates during severe weather events. Awesome!
Summer brings warm afternoons perfect for biking, but the summer heat and humidity can also spark thunderstorms and severe weather. Be prepared for any type of adverse weather headed your way with Aeris Pulse.
NWS Twin Cities Weather Story